Malaysia’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob sworn in as new PM | Politics News
Veteran politician from country’s longest-ruling party UMNO risks starting his term with damaged credibility over mishandling of the pandemic.
Malaysia’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob was sworn in as the country’s ninth prime minister on Saturday, capping a week of political turmoil that forced his predecessor to resign amid a continuing health emergency because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Ismail Sabri is a veteran politician from the country’s longest-ruling party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), but analysts say he is a stop-gap leader with little chance of ending long-running turbulence.
The 61-year-old was named prime minister on Friday after the collapse of Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration this week. He is Malaysia’s third new leader in less than four years.
Ismail Sabri is from UMNO, the main party in a coalition that governed Malaysia for decades after…